West Ham move for Rafa Benitez following departure of David Moyes

West Ham will move to lure Rafa Benitez from Newcastle after confirming on Wednesday that the tenure of David Moyes as manager was over.

Moyes is understood to be unhappy with the way he was treated, not least when efforts were clearly being made to replace him while he was still in charge.

David Sullivan spoke to Shakhtar Donetsk manager Paulo Fonseca and his agent Jorge Mendes at his Essex mansion on Monday in a meeting arranged while Moyes was still under contract.

But the club are considering options beyond Fonseca and are keen to explore the possibility of recruiting Benitez three years after they were beaten to his signature by Real Madrid.

The Spaniard had agreed a deal to succeed Sam Allardyce, only for Madrid to swoop for the former Liverpool and Valencia boss.

‘We are already taking steps to identify and recruit the manager we believe can take the club into an exciting future for our loyal supporters within the next 10 days,’ Sullivan said after announcing the end of Moyes’s brief tenure.

Sensing they might be able to get Benitez from Newcastle as relations appear to be difficult between him and owner Mike Ashley over spending, West Ham now look certain to try again.

Sullivan is known to be an admirer having revealed in December 2015 that they were ‘two hours from getting Benitez’ when he received the offer from the Bernabeu.

‘He is a top manager and I think he’d have done a wonderful job for us,’ Sullivan said at the time.

Source :- Sky Sports

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